Pre-Season All American Teams

Posted on 16. Jul, 2009 by Nolan in 2010 All-American's, FF All-Americans, NCAA

1st TEAM

PG- Kalin Lucas, Michigan St. : He’s not the most athletically gifted point guard in the country, but, he’s smart, understands Izzo’s offense, and makes everyone around him better. Lucas has a true understanding of what being a Floor General is all about.

SG- Willie Warren, Oklahoma: Although Warren is more of a combo than a pure shooting guard, he has a multitude of talents which put him at the top of this list. He can stroke it, handle the ball, is a natural leader, and wants to be great. Oklahoma is not going to drop off as much as one would think without the Griffin brothers.

SF- Kyle Singlar, Duke: Mr. Fundamentals plays the game exactly how you would expect one of Coach K’s guy’s to play. He’s unselfish, understands spacing, and plays with heart and desire. He’s been playing out of position the last two years, but with Ryan Kelly in town, Singlar should slide over to the three and be much more affective.

PF- Patrick Patterson, Kentucky: P Pat decided to pull his name from the NBA Draft and spend a year learning from Coach Cal. I think it’s a great decision as Calipari will improve his face up game, his ability to run the floor, and his understanding of offense. Patterson should lead a very young, but very talented Kentucky squad.

C- Luke Harongody, Notre Dame: The Gody is an absolute work horse. He is a rebounding machine, a versatile scorer, and a model citizen. He plays hard every possession, demands excellence from his teammates, and is a coaches dream. With Blair and Thabeet now in the NBA, Harongody should be the new beast of the East.

2nd TEAM

PG- John Wall, Kentucky: If you look at Calipari’s history with point guards, there is no reason to think John Wall won’t be next in line for greatness. He’ll be somewhere between Rose and Evans. He’s more of a point guard than Tyreke but also more of a scorer than Rose. If he’s anywhere near either of them, he’ll be absolutely dynamite.

SG- Grievis Vasquez, Maryland: Grievis is actually someone I consider to be sneaky. He faster than you think, he handles it better than you realize, he shoots it with more range than he showed last year, and he can lock down on defense (something he’s not know for). What I’m trying to say is that Vasquez is extremely underrated. Some of it has to do with Maryland’s lack of exposure in recent years, and some of it is self inflicted inconsistency. If he brings it everynight in 2010, the world will know who Grievis Vasquez is.

SF- Al-Farouq Aminu, Wake Forest: Here’s a kid coming off a sensational freshman campaign. He’s an athletic anomaly who plays with great length and a high motor. If he can polish up his jumper and learn to play without the ball, this kid could explode. He has every tangible asset needed to be great, now it’s just a matter of putting his nose to the ground and getting it done.

PF- Ed Davis, North Carolina: Replacing Tyler Hansbrough is going to be no easy task. Although he’ll never put up those kind of numbers, Davis should prove he’s not a drop off. He’s much more athletic than Hansbrough was, but much less physical as well. The offense should be taylor made for his style, as he can get up and down the floor as well as play in half court sets. Tar Heel Nation will fall in love with Ed’s game very quickly.

C- Cole Aldrich, Kansas: If not for some recent knee problems he would have been number one on the list. He’s tough, he’s mean, and he’s got serious game. He needs some work on his face-up game, but is a great traffic rebouder, protects the paint, and shows a toughness that his teammates feed off of.

3rd TEAM

PG- Sheron Collins, Kansas: There aren’t too many players who have accomplished what Sheron has accomplished in his career. He’s a National Champion and has been a key ingredient on 3 very successful Kansas teams.

SG- Evan Turner, Ohio State: Although Ohio State has lost some unbelievably talented players to the draft in recent years, they were able to bring back Turner. Turner is an excellent scorer, capable defender, and should be the go to guy on a relatively depleted Buckeyes roster. He could put up HUGE numbers this year and cement his status as a 2010 lottery pick.

SF- Da’Sean Butler, West Virginia: Devin EBanks gets most of the hype in West Virginia, but it’s Butler who produces night in and night out. He’s my pick to lead the Big East in scoring this season as he can light up the gym in a variety of fashions. West Virginia has a very talented team returning and Butler is the reason they could contend with Villanova for the Big East Championship.

PF- Gani Lawal, Georgia Tech: Gani pulled out of the draft after testing the waters and should form an unbelievable 1-2 punch with incoming big man Derrick Favors. Tech may have the best front court in school history next season, able to dominate the glass, score with their backs to the basket and protect the rim like no one else in the Country. If they can get anything out of their guard play, Tech could be a top 10 team all season long.

C- Greg Monroe, Georgetown: Being a Center in Georgetown carries a lot of expectations. Patrick Ewing, Alonzo Mourning, Dekembe Mutumbo, and Roy Hibbert have set a very high standard for Hoya fans. Greg Monroe has enough talent and heart to live up to those great post players before him. He needs to develop a go to post move, and learn to demand the ball down low, but he already has excellent hands, good size, and elite level athleticism for the position. This year could be his coming out party.

Nolan Shulman
nolan@flagrantfouls.com

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